Bobbi Dykema, convener
Bobbi is currently serving as pastor of the First Church of the Brethren in Springfield, Illinois. She is also on the pastoral team of the Living Stream online Church of the Brethren, and writes and teaches on the intersections of Protestant Christianity and visual art. Bobbi is passionate about racial and gender justice, beauty and the arts, and reading scripture as a living document.
Sara has a background in accounting and a long career at the intersection of accounting and computer technology in the financial industry. She currently works at Western Asset Management in portfolio operations where her focus is technology, trade flow, investment data and account surveillance. Sara is currently on the Board of Camp La Verne; she teaches Pre-K Sunday School and she participates in the Sanctuary flower arrangement and Sunday Children’s story rotations at the La Verne Church of the Brethren in La Verne, California.
Anna Lisa Gross
Anna Lisa is an itinerant preacher (an interim pastor who lives in a van). Anna Lisa grew up on a small organic farm in Indiana and has also lived in India, Northern Ireland, Mexico, Guatemala, Portland, OR, Minneapolis and central PA. She’s traveled in Jordan, Palestine, Israel, France and Canada as well. Anna Lisa has worked with people from many cultures, faiths and worldviews, and (simply, absolutely) trusts the vibrant variety of stories and symbols that humans use to navigate the complexities of life.
Kathryn lives in San Diego with her husband, three children, two dogs, assorted cats, and one very favorite coffee cup. She is on staff at San Diego Church of the Brethren leading their asylum initiative.
Jonathan lived in Scotland for 7.5 years getting degrees and has returned back to his native California. He is a member of the La Verne Church of the Brethren. He previously worked for Caucus and has now joined the Steering Committee. A former BVSer, he still delights in jobs that are unconventional and now is working with Camp La Verne. He is a writer and poet still recovering from postgraduate work.
Carol is retired after more than four decades as a public school and university administrator. Those years taught her much about how the values of organizational power systems drive their impact on individuals and expansive communities. She continues to work on behalf of organizational self-reflection through her involvement with community organizations and higher education. A member of the Beacon Heights Church of the Brethren in Fort Wayne, IN, Carol also advocates boldly for the musical arts as they connect, heal, and serve to level socio-economic inequities.
Carla Gillespie joins the Steering Committee from Dayton, OH. She is a compassionate minister with a deep faith. Carla will soon finish studies at Bethany Seminary. She is a member of West Charleston CoB. She is a grateful and generous mother to Ashley, grandmother to Gabriel, and companion to canine Malachi. Carla serves on the board of On Earth Peace as well as OEP’s Anti Racism Team.
Mothers of Caucus
Betty Jo Buckingham – Mary Cline Dietrich – Jan Eller – Pamela Brubaker – Zandra Wagoner – Carol Wise – Shirley Kirkwood – Janine Katonah – Dorothy Steele – Cindy Weber-Han – Sondra Simmons – Those Unnamed